Monday, January 7, 2019

Young & Dangerous : The Prequel (1998)

The Young & Dangerous movie series is about a bunch of Triad members and their adventures in the dark and squalid world of HK organised crime, this prequel details how the guys as teenagers first entered this world. Despite the ever present danger that prequels usually bring to a movie series this actually isn't a bad film at all.

The first portion of the movie is a bit of a slog though as the boys get kicked out of school for rock and roll and smoking a lot (in fact an entire tobacco harvest seems to have gone into the making of this film). The action soon picks up once they join the triads (which seems a bit easy, the boss of a local branch just asks them and they say OK... and that's it). Being a triad movie there is a lot of action and violence of course, and it's pretty bloody.

Of course the film throws in a number of pop stars such as Nicholas Tse, some of whom do not really seem to have a role in the film apart from adding to the star power but the leads especially Tse are solid and the story while standard (betrayals, endless fights, respect your daigoh et cetera) is also solid and all in all a worthwhile addition to the series.